May/June 2017

Colorado Life Magazine’s May/June 2017 issue reflects the full spectrum of the Colorado experience with breathtaking photography and compelling storytelling.

The “Reflections” photo essay kicks off the magazine with stunning nature photography in which glassy mountain lakes hold a mirror to Colorado’s scenic beauty, from fly fishing neat Telluride to hot air balloons over Denver’s Chatfield Reservoir. The story on the Colorado Chautauqua in Boulder covers all the things that make this place a one-of-a-kind treasure: incredible mountain trails beneath the iconic Flatirons, incredible musical performances at the Chautauqua Auditorium, a colorful history and a tightknit community of cottages.

One of Denver’s most interesting neighborhoods gets the spotlight in our story on Little Saigon, in which we share the saga of determined refugees who fled Vietnam to create a home of their own in Colorado; as a bonus, we share our picks for a culinary tour of the neighborhoods many great Vietnamese restaurants. We venture deep into the San Juan Mountains for novelist David Hicks’ personal essay on the life-changing wonders of the mountain town of Creede, complemented by Joshua Hardin’s captivating photographs. Adding a little adventure to the mix is the story on Salida’s Captain Zipline, who created a mountain park devoted to aerial derring-do, filled with contraptions and obstacle courses that challenge thrill seekers of all skill levels.

That’s not all, of course. Our recipe section is a how-to manual for aspiring “river gourmets,” showing readers how they can cook restaurant-quality meals while on weeklong rafting trips on Colorado’s exciting and beautiful rivers. The Colorado Creators section highlights singing cowboy extraordinaire Gary McMahan and a documentary exploring Colorado’s ghost towns. The Sluice Box section tells the story of an abandoned water tank in Rangely that became a world-class recording studio, Estes Park’s Baldpate Inn and its phenomenal collection of 30,000 keys, Lamar’s Madonna of the Trail and the Colorado Quiz. You also get a listing of fun early-summer festivals, poetry, more photography and Photo Editor Joshua Hardin’s tips on how to make the best use of natural light in your own photos.

Look for the May/June 2017 issue of Colorado Life Magazine on your newsstand, or, better yet, subscribe today and never miss another exciting installment of Colorado’s life story.


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